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Frederick Ruckersfeldt, MD

OB Fellow 
Fellowship: Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program

I was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up in Indiana and especially the Chicago area.   I am the oldest of eight children, three of which are adopted.  My parents homeschooled us with an emphasis on curiosity, serving others, cultivating a global vision and above all doing all things for God’s glory.  I completed my undergrad training at The Master’s College (now University) in southern California.  It was here that I met my lovely wife and we were married a few weeks after graduation. 

My interest in Family Medicine blossomed during the summer between my 1st and 2nd at University of Iowa.  I spent several weeks at a small hospital in rural northwest Iowa.  I fell in love with “big doctoring” – where the same physician would do inpatient rounds in the morning, see clinic patients, deliver a baby just before lunch and then staff the ER in the late afternoon.  It is an amazing privilege to walk with families from the cradle to the grave.  Long term, I plan to practice full scope family medicine in a rural setting.  My wife and I also have a desire to work overseas and are considering long-term opportunities in this regard.  I am excited to be spending this additional year at Memorial to further hone my surgical skills as part of the OB fellowship.

 Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two loveable foster daughters (one of which we recently adopted!).  I have way too many hobbies and interests.  Chief among these is birding.  As of August 2020 I have seen 607 species in the US and Canada out of the 700 or so that regularly occur here.  I contribute my sightings to eBird and other projects.  I would love to take you to the nearest park, mountaintop or waste water facility and show you around.  I also enjoy landscape photography, camping, road trips, gardening (especially heirloom vegetables), cooking, trying new foods, being a coffee snob, coin collecting, plane-spotting, amateur astronomy and tackling home and auto repairs.

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714 N. Michigan Street South Bend, IN 46601 574.647.7913 Email

Mission & Values 

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27 Residents (9 per year)

About South Bend

City Size: 101,860 southbendin.gov visitsouthbend.com